I couldn't really find the most applicable place for this question, but since it happens to be in my garage, I figured this would be the best place.
So, I live in Fort Lauderdale in South Florida. We don't have basements, unfortunately. We also normally don't have huge attics either, unfortunately. In any case, my house was built in the late 80s, and was not well optioned. One of the things that it lacks is a pull-down ladder to access the attic. As is required by Florida code, there must be an accessible light in the attic (which there is). But I have nothing more than a simple roof panel that I slide out of the way to access the attic.
Here's my question. I'm looking to install a pull-down, aluminum ladder. Most of the ladders of this type that I find at Lowes or Home Depot have an HVAC seal around the opening.
Since this is in my garage, it's really not important to me that it have a perfect seal. At least... not that I'm aware of.
What I want to know is, should I install vents in the panel that attaches to the door (which ultimately creates the seal to the attic)? I only ask because in Florida, we usually have our attics very well ventilated to allow for the heat to escape. In one of the exterior walls of my garage, there are two floor vents which suck in air from the outside and provide ventilation. I don't really know what the point is, since there's really no vents that allow it to go to the attic.
During Hurricane Wilma and Hurricane Katrina, this roof panel was slapping up and down wildly (never seen that before) and eventually fliped it up so hard that it got lost somewhere in the attic which I didn't find later until after the hurricane.
So my question is (long story short), do I need vents in my pull-down ladder since I live in South Florida, and the ladder is in the garage (rather than in a bedroom closet like you guys up north have)?